The Arizona School Boards Association is proud to share information about a new arm of our organization, the Arizona School Administrative Professionals or ASAP. Developed in consultation with governing board/superintendent administrative assistants from throughout the state, ASAP will provide support and resources to district staff who provide administrative support to the governing board and/or superintendent.
The mission of this professional group is to develop training, peer support networks and recognition programs that address common needs and concerns of these vitally important members of school district leadership teams.
The goals of ASAP are to:
- Elevate and promote professional standards, including a code of conduct.
- Mentor individuals new to the position.
- Develop a communication network that enables sharing of timely and relevant information and best practices.
- Increase awareness of the vital role of professional development in effectiveness, staff retention and job satisfaction.
- Influence and inform the content and delivery of professional development provided by ASBA to administrative professionals.
At the ASBA Summer Leadership Institute, in early June, an ASAP track was offered and more than 30 administrative professionals from around the state attended. A track will be offered at our Board Operations and Leadership Training Seminars in January/February 2020, as well.
To keep the professionals connected throughout the year, the association recently sent an email invitation to all board secretaries inviting them to join a listserv for administrative professionals, one of the first benefits to be introduced by ASAP. Already, more than 150 administrative professionals have joined. It has proven to be an outstanding resource for board and superintendent secretaries from across Arizona and allows board and superintendent administrative professionals the ability to connect electronically to ask questions, share best practices and provide support to one another. (If your administrative professional has not received the invitation, let us know and we can work with them to join.) The listserv is monitored by ASBA staff to ensure accuracy and appropriateness.
We’re pleased to be able to offer this additional benefit of membership. If you have any questions about ASAP, please contact one of our ASAP staff liaisons: Ellen White (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Julie Bacon (email@example.com).
Dr. Timothy L. Ogle